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The Horse, the Wheel, and Language in the light of DNA studies

Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, 03 DECEMBER 2009

The national memory stored in Poland does not include arrivals of the forefathers of the Poles from some faraway lands because apparently the national identity of the Poles was formed in the basin of the Vistula River, in the great central European lowlands in the vicinity of the steppes of Ukraine and of Russia where the original Proto Indo-European language was developed and used already some 5500 years ago.

Between Majority Power and Minority Resistance: Kurdish Linguistic Rights in Turkey

Nesrin Uçarlar a Turkish researcher presented her doctoral dissertation on “Kurdish Linguistic Rights in Turkey” to the Lund University-Sweden, Department of Political Science on 30 October 2009.

Lund University has printed this research in book form, which is the outcome of an industrious effort on the part of Ms.Uçarlar .The title of the book is: ”Between Majority Power and Minority Resistance: Kurdish Linguistic Rights in Turkey.”

First Kurdish Film Festival in US Showcases Diaspora Culture

By Carolyn Weaver, New York, 27 October 2009

Organizers call it "a cinema across borders," the first-ever festival of Kurdish film in the United States. The films chosen for the five-day event at New York University focused on a people widely dispersed, from those who still live in traditionally Kurdish areas in the Middle East, to Europe and North America. Across sometimes impassable barriers, they keep alive a shared language and cultural identity.

The First International Conference on Kurdish Literature

Kurdish Literature has gone through many turbulent periods. If we consider the Yarsan (Yaristan) Kurdish balladry in Gorani dialect the advent of the Kurdish Literature after Islam then we can call the third century (A.H.) a starting point of Kurdish Literature. Many poems have been composed in Gorani dialect. Beyonds this other Kurdish dialects have actively contributed to the treasures of Kurdish literature such as Hawrami Kurdish, Northern Kurdish (Kirmanj) and Mid Kurdish (Sorani). Throughout centuries Kurdish Literature has been influenced by different intellectuals and religious movements as well as neighbourings' litterateurs.

Language dispute highlights growing Arab-Kurd tensions

Institute for War & Peace Reporting, 1-Oct-09

An investigative report by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, IWPR, has revealed a growing language gap between Arab and Kurdish Iraqis – reflecting a rift that the United States says is the biggest long-term threat to the stability of the country.

Schools open with anti-discrimination lecture, have long way to go

The new academic year kicked off yesterday for around 15 million students and 650,000 teachers. Education Minister Nimet Çubukçu gave the country's first lecture devoted to democracy and discrimination at a school in İstanbul. Education experts welcomed the move but underlined that Turkey has a long way to go in its fight against discrimination.

Kurdish to be spoken for first time in Turkish theatre

ANKARA, Sept 23, 2009 (AFP) — A Turkish national theatre will break a longheld taboo and for the first time speak some dialogue in the Kurdish language, which used to be banned, Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday.

The play entitled "Long live death", by well-known Turkish writer Orhan Asena, deals with vendettas and so-called "honour crimes", centuries-old traditions particularly in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country, the agency said.

North Kurdish (Kurmanji) Beginners Course at SOAS

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London offers North Kurdish (Kurmanji) for beginner. If you are interested in learning North Kurdish, please apply now. 

North Kurdish (Kurmanji) Beginners Course

A one-year course in beginners spoken and written North Kurdish, at SOAS Language Centre in London

Turkey sets date for first lessons in Kurdish

Thomas Seibert, Foreign Correspondent, September 16. 2009

ISTANBUL: At a little-known university in south-eastern Turkey that was founded only two years ago, history is being written.

With its 700 students, Mardin Artuklu University, named after a 10th-century regional principality, finds itself spearheading a political initiative designed to fundamentally change the way the country deals with its estimated 12 million Kurds and to end a conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Universities to open Kurdish language and literature departments

 The Higher Education Board (YÖK) will meet today in Ankara to discuss opening Kurdish language and literature departments at universities around the country.

The head of YÖK, Professor Yusuf Ziya Özcan, said at a meeting with the presidents of 27 universities across Turkey that universities cannot keep their distance from a language which is spoken by 13 million citizens.

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